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Poets on Poets

The Poets on Poets project is an audio archive published by Romantic Circles that testifies  to the continued importance of Romanticism in the contemporary poetry world.  The premise of the collection is simple: we have asked practicing poets from around  the world to read a Romantic-period poem that they particularly admire and that  has influenced the way in which they think about their craft.  The results are gathered here.

Each entry in the archive includes a literal textual transcription of the poem as it was recorded (not necessarily as it has appeared in print). Variation happens, especially in performance. We provide here only texts of exactly what the reading poet actually says on the recording.

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Lecture at the University of Loyola Chicago, 19 October 2006 (in two parts, mp3 format)
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Plenary delivered at the NASSR/NAVSA 2006 Conference, 2 September 2006 (in two parts, mp3 format)
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In this installment John Casteen reads "Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey" by William Wordsworth. Casteen's poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Paris Review, Lo-Ball, and other magazines; his first book, Free Union, appeared from the University of Georgia Press in 2009. He teaches at Sweet Briar College, and serves on the editorial staff of The Virginia Quarterly Review. The poems here are from his forthcoming collection, For the Mountain Laurel. William Wordsworth,...
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by Robert Burns
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In this installment Kevin McFadden reads "To a Mouse" by Robert Burns. McFadden's first volume of poems, Hardscrabble (University of Georgia Press, 2008), won the George Garrett Award for poetry from the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Poetry Award. His poems have appeared in The Seattle Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and The Kenyon Review. He works for the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and lives in Charlottesville.Robert...
Topics: Romantic Poetry, Romantic Circles Poets on Poets, Robert Burns
Plenary delivered at the NASSR/NAVSA 2006 Conference, 31 August 2006 (in two parts, mp3 format)
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Interview conducted June 1999 (in four parts, mp3 format) Transcriptions and contextual materials available as part of the original print/audio Praxis volume
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In this installment Leevi Lehto reads "Bright star!" by John Keats. Lehto (born in 1951 and living in Helsinki), is a Finnish poet, translator, and programmer. Since he made his poetic debut in 1967, he has published six volumes of poetry, a novel, Janajevin unet (Yanayev's Dreams, 1991), and an experimental prose work, P„iv„ (Day, 2004). He has been active in leftist politics (during the 70s) and worked as a corporate executive in the communications industry (during the 90s)....
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In this installment, Jericho Brown reads “Love's Philosophy” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Brown worked as the speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before receiving his Ph.D. in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston. He also holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans and a BA from Dillard University. The recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, the Bunting Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, and two travel fellowships to the Krakow...
Topics: Romantic poetry, Romantic Circles Poets on Poets, Percy Bysshe Shelley
This essay highlights the relevance of Deleuze for Romanticists and Romanticism by linking Deleuze's philosophy to a central Romantic-era philosopher, Immanuel Kant, and to one of the more philosophical of the British Romantic poets, Percy Shelley. Deleuze's method of "transcendental deduction" bears on the Kantianism with which scholars of Romanticism are already familiar, but it also highlights a conception of rhythm that is assumed, but not made explicit, in Kant's theory of...
Topics: Romanticism, Romantic Circles Audio, Romanticism and the New Deleuze
In this installment, Jennifer Moxley reads “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood” by William Wordsworth. Moxley is the author of three books of poetry: Often Capital (Flood 2005), The Sense Record (Edge 2002; Salt 2003), and Imagination Verses (Tender Buttons 1996; Salt 2003). Her translation of the French poet Jacqueline Risset's 1976 book The Translation Begins was published by Burning Deck in 1996. She is poetry editor of The Baffler, contributing editor...
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The purpose of this paper is to explore specific ways Gilles Deleuze's Difference & Repetition provides a productive critical framework for thinking about revolution in William Blake's America, A Prophecy and, in turn, the way that America's peculiar dramatization of revolution offers a specific political dimension to a Deleuzian ontology. Reading Blake's America in Deleuzean terms suggests an alternative to seeing the poem as either referring exclusively to the material word, or wholly to...
Topics: Romanticism, Romantic Circles Audio, Romanticism and the New Deleuze
In this installment, Steve McCaffrey reads “Signs of Winter” by John Clare. Experimental Canadian poet Steve McCaffrey is the author of over a dozen volumes of poetry and has twice received the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative American Poetry.  He was one of the co-founders of the Toronto Research Group and is also the author or editor of several important books of criticism, including Rational Geomancy: The Kids of the Book Machine, North of Intention, and Prior to Meaning. John Clare,...
Topics: Romantic poetry, Romantic Circles Poets on Poets, John Clare
In this installment Angie Hogan reads "Lines Written in Early Spring" by William Wordsworth. Hogan's poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, Bellingham Review,Ploughshares, Third Coast, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Willow Springs, and elsewhere. Originally from a small town in East Tennessee, she currently lives near Charlottesville and works at the University of Virginia Press.William Wordsworth, "Lines Written in Early Spring"I heard a thousand blended...
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by Ron Broglio
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I am interested in using Deleuze to "flatten" Romanticism and deflate the humanist subject at its center. In place of the subject, I see the physicality of bodies and effects of environmental forces as significant agents. In a sense, Deleuze gives us a phenomenology but without the privileged interiority of the human subject. The work of Deleuze and Guattari opens the way for reassessing and reassembling bodies and desires outside of social machinery and toward what Paul Youngquist...
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In this installment, Nickole Brown reads “Imitation of Spenser” by John Keats. Brown is the author of Sister, a novel-in-poems published by Red Hen Press (2007). She graduated from the M.F.A. Program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Kentucky Arts Council. She has served as the National Publicity Consultant for the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, as well as the Program Coordinator for...
Topics: Romantic poetry, John Keats, Romantic Circles Poets on Poets
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In this installment Lisa Steinman reads "To Wordsworth" by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Steinman teaches at Reed College in Portland. Her sixth book is Masters of Repetition (St. Martin's). Her most recent books of poetry include the chapbook Ordinary Songs (26 Books), which was an Oregon Book Award nominee, and A Book of Other Days (Arrowood), which won the Oregon Book Award in 1993. Her work has received recognition from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and...
Topics: Romantic poetry, Romantic Circles Poets on Poets, Percy Bysshe Shelley
In response to Rob Mitchell, this essay extends his argument regarding the Deleuzean elements of "Mont Blanc" in two key respects. It argues that the poem engages the sublime both on the level of its philosophical content and the mode of its articulation, drawing attention to the level of sensation in philosophical argument through its easily overlooked pattern of irregular rhyme. Poetic articulation is a literary counterpart to sensation as a pre-condition for the experience of the...
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In this installment, Alexander Long reads “To John Clare” by John Clare. Long's first two books are Vigil (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2006) and Light Here, Light There (C & R Press, 2009). With Christopher Buckley, he is co-editor of A Condition of the Spirit: The Life & Work of Larry Levis (Eastern Washington University Press, 2004). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in AGNI, The American Poetry Review, American Writers, Blackbird, Callaloo, and The Southern Review, among...
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by Thomas Lovell Beddoes
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In this installment, Aracelis Girmay reads “Dream-Pedlary” by Thomas Lovell Beddoes. Girmay is the author of Teeth, a collection of poems published by Curbstone Press in 2007. Her poems have also been published in Ploughshares, Bellevue Literary Review, Indiana Review, Callaloo, and MiPOesias, among other journals. A Cave Canem fellow, Girmay teaches writing workshops in New York & California. Thomas Lovell Beddoes, "Dream-Pedlary"If there were dreams to sell, What would you...
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In this installment, Douglas Kearney reads “A Poison Tree” by William Blake. Kearney's first full-length collection of poetry, Fear, Some, was published by Red Hen Press in October 2006. A graduate of Cave Canem and CalArts, he lives with his wife in the Valley, right outside LA. William Blake, “A Poison Tree”I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe; I told it not, my wrath did grow.And I water'd it in fears, Night & morning with my...
Topics: Romantic poetry, Romantic Circles Poets on Poets
In this installment, Geoffrey Brock reads “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” by John Keats. Brock is the author of Weighing Light (Ivan R. Dee, 2005) and the translator of books by Cesare Pavese, Roberto Calasso, and Umberto Eco. He has held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he is on the faculty of the Programs in Creative Writing and Translation at the University of Arkansas. His website is www.geoffreybrock.com. John Keats, "La Belle Dame Sans...
Topics: Romantic poetry, Romantic Circles Poets on Poets
In this installment, Robert Pinsky reads "Ode to a Nightingale" by John Keats. Pinsky was elected Poet Laureate of the United States in 1997, and he teaches in the Writing program at Boston University. During his tenure as Laureate, he began the Favorite Poems Project, an archive of Americans reading their favorite verse. Visit the archive or learn more about Pinsky’s work here. John Keats, "Ode to a Nightingale"1. My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains My sense, as...
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In this installment, Ravi Shankar reads "When I have fears that I may cease to be" by John Keats. Shankar is poet-in-residence at Central Connecticut State University. His first book of poems, Instrumentality, was published in 2004 by Word Press. His work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in such places as The Paris Review, Poets & Writers, Time Out New York, Gulf Coast, The Massachusetts Review, Descant, LIT, Crowd, The Cortland Review, Catamaran, The Indiana Review,...
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In this installment, Tom Thompson reads "O thou whose face hath felt the Winter's wind" by John Keats. Thompson is the author of Live Feed and The Pitch, both published by Alice James Books. His poems and reviews have been published in American Letters and Commentary, Boston Review, Colorado Review, The Hat, Volt and other publications. He lives with Miranda Field and their two sons in New York City, where he currently works at an advertising agency. John Keats, "O thou whose...
Topics: Romantic poetry, Romantic Circles Poets on Poets, John Keats
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by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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In this installment, Rae Armantrout reads “To A Skylark” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Armantrout is the author of numerous books of poetry, including The Invention of Hunger (1979), Precedence (1985), Necromance (1991), Made to Seem (1995), Pretext (2001), and Veil: New and Selected Poems (2001).  Her work has helped to shape the Language Poetry movement in contemporary verse.Percy Bysshe Shelley, "To A Skylark"Hail to thee, blithe spirit! Bird thou never wert— That from heaven or...
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Poets on Poets
by George Gordon, Lord Byron
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In this installment, Rodger LeGrand reads “Darkness” by George Gordon, Lord Byron. LeGrand earned writing degrees from The State University of New York at Oswego and Sarah Lawrence College. His poems have appeared in The Cortland Review, The Atlanta Review, and are forthcoming in Paper Street. Finishing Line Press published his first collection of poems, Various Ways of Thinking about the Universe, in 2005. He has instructed writing courses at Temple University and the University of the...
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Poets on Poets
by William Blake
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In this installment, Anne Shaw reads “The Tyger” by William Blake. Shaw is the author of Undertow (2007), winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize from Persea Books. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals including New American Writing, Hayden's Ferry Review, Gulf Coast, New Ohio Review, and Subtropics. A recipient of a Gertrude Stein Award from Green Integer Press and a finalist for the Colorado Poetry Prize, she is assistant professor of English at Franklin Pierce...
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In this installment, Sally Bliumis-Dunn reads "Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats. Bliumis-Dunn teaches Modern Poetry at Manhattanville College and SUNY Purchase. She received her MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College in 2002. Her poems have appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, BigCityLit, Lumina, MARGIE, Nimrod, The Paris Review, Poet Lore, Poetry London, Prairie Schooner, RATTLE, Rattapallax, Spoon River Poetry Review and Chance of A Ghost, an anthology put out by Helicon Nine...
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In this installment, Tom Thompson reads "Ode to a Nightingale" by John Keats. Thompson is the author of Live Feed and The Pitch, both published by Alice James Books. His poems and reviews have been published in American Letters and Commentary, Boston Review, Colorado Review, The Hat, Volt and other publications. He lives with Miranda Field and their two sons in New York City, where he currently works at an advertising agency. John Keats, “Ode to a Nightingale”My heart aches, and a...
Topics: Romantic poetry, Romantic Circles Poets on Poets
In this installment, Michelle Boisseau reads “The world is too much with us” by William Wordsworth. Boisseau was educated at Ohio University (B.A., M.A.) and the University of Houston (Ph.D.). Her books of poetry include Trembling Air (University of Arkansas Press, 2003); Understory, winner of the Morse Prize (Northeastern University Press, 1996); and No Private Life (Vanderbilt, 1990). She is also author of the popular text Writing Poems (Longman), in its 6th edition.  Her poems have...
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In this installment, Jennifer Grotz reads “Ode to a Nightingale” by John Keats. Grotz is the author of Cusp (Houghton Mifflin, 2003), winner of the Bakeless Prize for Poetry and the Natalie Ornish Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters and the letterpress chapbook Not Body (Urban Editions 2001). Her poems, reviews, and translations appear in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Best American Poetry. She is the newly appointed assistant director...
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by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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In this installment, Chad Davidson reads “Frost at Midnight” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Davidson is the author of Consolation Miracle (Southern Illinois UP, 2003). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, Doubletake, Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Virginia Quarterly Review, and others. He teaches literature and creative writing at the University of West Georgia near Atlanta. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Frost at Midnight"The Frost performs its secret...
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by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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In this installment, Jeffrey Thomson reads “Kubla Khan” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Thomson’s third book of poems, Renovation, was part of the Carnegie Mellon University Press poetry series in 2005. His second collection of poems, The Country of Lost Sons, inaugurated a new poetry series from Parlor Press at Purdue University in February 2004 and first book, The Halo Brace, was brought out in a limited edition letterpress version from Birch Brook Press in 1998. He is an Assistant...
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In this installment, Joshua Weiner reads “Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Sept. 3, 1802” by William Wordsworth. Weiner’s collections of poetry include The World's Room (2001) and From the Book of Giants (2006). He was a Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize Fellow in Literature at the American Academy in Rome and his writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Nation, Best American Poetry, and The Threepenny Review. He currently lives in Washington, DC. William Wordsworth,...
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In this installment, Caroline Bergvall reads Percy Bysshe Shelly’s “Mont Blanc,” accompanied with music by Mario Diaz de León, “Pervaded with that Ceaseless Motion.” Bergvall is a poet and performance artist based in London,  England. Her most recent collection of poetic and performance pieces, FIG (Goan Atom 2) has recently been published by Salt Publishing. Her CD of readings and audiotexts, Via: Poems 1994-2004 (Rockdrill 8 ) is available through Carcanet. She develops live...
Topics: Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mont Blanc, Romantic poetry, Romantic Circles Poets on Poets
In this installment, Rachel Blau DuPlessis reads “Ode to Psyche” by John Keats. DuPlessis is known as a feminist critic and scholar with a special interest in modern and contemporary poetry, and as a poet and essayist. Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work, a book of essays, was published by University of Alabama Press in 2006; in the same year, Alabama also reprinted DuPlessis’s classic work The Pink Guitar. Her recent books of poetry are Drafts 1- 38, Toll (Wesleyan University...
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In this installment, Cleopatra Mathis reads “The Tyger” by William Blake. Mathis's sixth book of poems, White Sea, will be published in 2005 by Sarabande Books. She is the recipient of many grants and awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The Robert Frost Award, and The Peter Lavin Award for Younger Poets from the Academy of American Poets. She has taught English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College...
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In this installment, Wesley McNair reads "When I have fears that I may cease to be" by John Keats. McNair has received fellowships from the Rockefeller, Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, an NEH Fellowship in literature, and two NEA fellowships. Other honors include the Jane Kenyon Award, the Robert Frost Award, the Theodore Roethke Prize, the Eunice Tietjens Prize from Poetry magazine, the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal, an Emmy Award, and two honorary degrees for literary distinction....
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In this installment, Anne Waldman performs “Ode to the West Wind” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Waldman, poet, editor, performer, professor, curator, cultural activist carries in her genetics the lineages of the New American Poetry, and is a considered an inheritor of the Beat (Allen Ginsberg called her his "spiritual wife") and the New York School (Frank O'Hara told her to "work for inspiration, not money") mantles. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts award,...
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In this installment, Forrest Gander reads "Frost at Midnight" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Gander's most recent books include Torn Awake (New Directions, 2001) and Faithful Existence: Essays (forthcoming from Shoemaker & Hoard).  Princeton University Press will bring out Gander’s translation, with Kent Johnson, of The Night by Jaime Saenz. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Frost at Midnight”The Frost performs its secret ministry, Unhelped by any wind. The owlet's cry Came loud---and...
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In this installment, Bill Berkson reads “She walks in Beauty" by George Gordon, Lord Byron. Berkson is a poet, art critic, and professor of Liberal Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute. His books of poetry include Serenade, Fugue State, a collection of his 1960s collaborations with Frank O'Hara entitled Hymns of St. Bridget & Other Writings, and Gloria (with etchings by Alex Katz). The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings, a selection of his criticism, appeared from...
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by William Blake
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In this installment, Ken Edwards reads “London” by William Blake. Edwards’ books include the poetry collections Intensive Care (1986), Good Science (1992), 3600 Weekends (1993), eight + six (2003), and the novel Futures (1998). He has been editor/publisher of Reality Street Editions since 1993. He is active in music as well as writing: his text for a piece by John Tilbury for piano, voice and sampled sounds, There's something in there…, was premiered in 2003, and his music for Fanny...
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by William Blake
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In this installment, Illya Kaminsky performs “The Tyger” by William Blake. Kaminsky was born in Odessa, formerly of the Soviet Union, in 1977, and arrived to the United States in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by the American government. He is the author of Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004) which won the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, and the 2005 Poetry Book of the Year from ForeWord Magazine. Ilya has served as a Writer In Residence...
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In this installment, Andrew Kozma reads Part IV of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Kozma received his M.F.A. from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. He was born in Tucson, Arizona, but only lived there nine months, so your guess is as good as his as to where he’s from. His poems have been published in AGNI On-line, Hunger Mountain, Dislocate, Forklift, Ohio, and Third Coast and he...
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by John Keats
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In this installment, Henri Cole reads “To Sleep” by John Keats. Cole's collection Middle Earth was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2004. John Keats, “To Sleep”O SOFT embalmer of the still midnight! Shutting with careful fingers and benign Our gloom-pleased eyes, embower'd from the light, Enshaded in forgetfulness divine; O soothest Sleep! if so it please thee, close, In midst of this thine hymn, my willing eyes, Or wait the amen, ere thy poppy throws Around my bed its lulling...
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by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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In this installment, Lisa Lewis reads Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Frost at Midnight." You can find information about Lisa Lewis here. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Frost at Midnight”The Frost performs its secret ministry, Unhelped by any wind. The owlet's cry Came loud---and hark, again! loud as before. The inmates of my cottage, all at rest, Have left me to that solitude, which suits Abstruser musings: save that at my side My cradled infant slumbers peacefully. 'Tis calm indeed! so...
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by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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In this installment, Terry Ehret reads "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Ehret has published three collections of poetry, including the collaborative volume Suspensions (White Mountain Press, 1990), Lost Body (Copper Canyon Press, 1993), and most recently Translations from the Human Language (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2001).  Literary awards include the National Poetry Series, California Book Award, and Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize.  She is the co-founder of Sixteen Rivers Press, a...
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In this installment, Carey Salerno reads "When I have fears that I may cease to be" by John Keats. Salerno is the Director of Alice James Books. Her first book, Shelter, won the 2007 Kinereth Gensler Award and was published in 2009. Carey has an MFA from New England College. Her work has appeared in such journals as Rattle and Natural Bridge. She lives in Farmington, Maine. John Keats, "When I have fears that I may cease to be"WHEN I have fears that I may cease to be Before...
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In this installment, Oliver de la Paz reads “O Solitude!” by John Keats. Paz teaches creative writing at Western Washington University. He is a recipient of a 2005 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. He has worked with Kundiman as faculty/staff since 2004, and he currently serves on their Advisory Board. Oliver's poems have appeared in journals such as Quarterly West, Cream City Review, Third Coast, North American Review, and elsewhere. Names Above Houses, a book of his prose and...
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by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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In this installment, Stuart Greenhouse reads “Mont Blanc” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Greenhouse's poems have appeared in journals such as Antioch Review, Bellingham Review, Chelsea, Fence, Paris Review, and Ploughshares. His chapbook, What Remains, was chosen for a National Chapbook Fellowship and was published by the Poetry Society of America in 2005. Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Mont Blanc: Lines Written in the Vale of Chamouni"I The everlasting universe of things Flows through the...
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In this installment, Johanna Drucker reads “Stanzas" [“Could Love for ever”] by George Gordon, Lord Byron. Drucker is an artist and writer known for her experimental books of visual poetry and typography. She has written and published widely on topics related to the aesthetics of visual language, contemporary art, digital humanities, and the history of design and typography. Her creative publications are in special collections in libraries and museums in the United States and Europe....
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In this installment, Patrick Phillips reads “A slumber did my spirit seal” by William Wordsworth. Phillips' first book, Chattahoochee , received the both the 2005 Kate Tufts Discovery Prize and was published by the University of Arkansas Press. Poems from the book have appeared in many magazines, including Poetry, Ploughshares, and The Nation. His honors include a Discovery/The Nation Award, a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Copenhagen, and fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, and...
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In this installment, Tom Thompson reads "A Song about Myself" by John Keats. Thompson is the author of Live Feed and The Pitch, both published by Alice James Books. His poems and reviews have been published in American Letters and Commentary, Boston Review, Colorado Review, The Hat, Volt and other publications. He lives with Miranda Field and their two sons in New York City, where he currently works at an advertising agency. John Keats, "A Song about Myself"There was a...
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In this installment, Suzanna Wise reads “The Proverbs of Hell” from “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” by William Blake. Wise is the author of the poetry collection The Kingdom of the Subjunctive (Alice James Books, 2000). Her poetry has appeared in the anthologies American Poetry: The Next Generation and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, and in the journals Tikkun, Pierogi Press, Boston Review, Fence, among others. She has taught creative writing at Middlebury...
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In this installment, Anne Waldman sings “The Garden of Love” by William Blake. Waldman, poet, editor, performer, professor, curator, cultural activist carries in her genetics the lineages of the New American Poetry, and is a considered an inheritor of the Beat (Allen Ginsberg called her his "spiritual wife") and the New York School (Frank O'Hara told her to "work for inspiration, not money") mantles. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts award, the Shelley...
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In this installment, Kevin Goodan reads “The world is too much with us” by William Wordsworth. Goodan was raised in Montana, and fought forest fires for many years. He attended the University of Montana, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His first book, In the Ghost-House Acquainted, was published by Alice James Books in 2004, and recieved the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award for 2005. He currently lives on a small farm in western Massachusetts. William Wordsworth, "The...
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by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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In this installment, Anne Rouse reads Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Ode to the West Wind." Rouse, a native Virginian, lives in Hastings, England. She was Literary Fund Visiting Writing Fellow at Queens University, Belfast as well as at the University of Glasgow from 2000-02. Her poems have appeared in the Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, Poetry, the London Review of Books and other journals. Her three collections are published by Bloodaxe Books. Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Ode to...
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In this installment, Richard Fammerée reads “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats. Fammeréeis a poet, composer, and performing artist; visit his website to learn more about his work. John Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn"1. Thou still unravish’d bride of quietness, Thou foster-child of silence and slow time, Sylvan historian, who canst thus express A flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme: What leaf-fring’d legend haunts about thy shape Of deities or mortals, or of both, In...
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In this installment, Peter Riley reads “A Winter Hymn to the Snow” by Ebenezer Jones. Jones is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Love-Strife Machine (1968), The Linear Journal (1973), Lines on the Liver (1981), Tracks and Mineshafts (1983), Sea Watches (1991), Alstonefield and Distant Points (1995), Noon Province (1996), Snow has Settled . . . Bury Me Here (1997), The Dance at Mociu (2003), and Excavations (2004). The recent special issue of The Gig/Poetry (4:5, 2000)...
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In this installment, Gabriel Friedreads from “The Prelude” by William Wordsworth. Fried is Poetry Editor at Persea Books, and the author of Making the New Lamb Take (Sarabande Books, 2007), which won the 2006 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry. William Wordsworth from “The Prelude” [Book I, Lines 474-501]Not seldom from the uproar I retired Into a silent bay, or sportively Glanced sideway, leaving the tumultuous throng, To cut across the image of a star That gleam'd upon the ice: and...
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In this installment, Stefanie Wortman reads "The Chimney Sweeper" [from Songs of Experience] by William Blake. Wortman's poems have appeared in the Yale Review, New Orleans Review, and Subtropics. She is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing from the University of Missouri. William Blake, "The Chimney Sweeper"A little black thing among the snow: Crying weep, weep, in notes of woe! Where are thy father & mother? say? They are both gone up to the church to...
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In this installment, Yunte Huang reads “The Daffodils” by William Wordsworth. Poet and critic Yunte Huang is the author of numerous books, including Transpacific Displacement and Shi: A Radical Reading of Chinese Poetry. He has translated Ezra Pound's poetry into Chinese. Huang teaches at the University of California-Santa Barbara. His reading for Romantic Circles was made on the occasion of the 2006 MLA "The Sound of Poetry, The Poetry of Sound" meeting. William Wordsworth,...
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In this installment, Steve Orlen reads “The Instinct of Hope” by John Clare. Orlen is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, including Permission to Speak (1978), A Place at the Table (1981), The Bridge of Sighs (1992), Kisses (1997), and This Particular Eternity (2001). His work had been honored with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He teaches at the University of Arizona and in the low-residency MFA at Warren Wilson College....
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In this installment, Tom Thompson reads "Where's the Poet? show him! show him" by John Keats. Thompson is the author of Live Feed and The Pitch, both published by Alice James Books. His poems and reviews have been published in American Letters and Commentary, Boston Review, Colorado Review, The Hat, Volt and other publications. He lives with Miranda Field and their two sons in New York City, where he currently works at an advertising agency. John Keats, "Where's the Poet? show...
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In this installment, Elizabeth Volpe reads “The Human Abstract” by William Blake. A 2001 and 2004 Pushcart Prize nominee, Volpe lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including: Atlanta Review, Crab Orchard Review, Connecticut Review, River Styx, Cave Wall, and roger. She won The Briarcliff Review 2004 Poetry Contest, the 2006 Metro Detroit Writers Contest, and the 2008 Juniper Prize from Alligator Juniper. Her chapbook won the 2007 Robert Watson...
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In this installment, Elizabyth Hiscox reads “To a Skylark” by William Wordsworth. Hiscox lives and writes in Tempe, Arizona, where she teaches creative writing and English at Arizona State University. An Assistant Poetry Editor for the online journal 42opus, she was recently Poet-in-Residence at St. Chad's College of Durham University, England. William Wordsworth, “To a Skylark”Ethereal minstrel! pilgrim of the sky! Dost thou despise the earth where cares abound? Or, while the wings...
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In this installment, Roger Fanning reads “Trespass” by John Clare. Fanning's first book of poems, The Island Itself, was a National Poetry Series selection.  His second book, Homesick, was published in 2002, and he is currently at work on a third collection, tentatively titled Buoyancy Disorders. John Clare, "Trespass"I dreaded walking where there was no path And pressed with cautious tread the meadow swath And always turned to look with wary eye And always feared the owner...
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In this installment, Philip Metres reads “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Metres is a poet and a translator whose work has appeared in numerous journals and in Best American Poetry (2002). His publications include the chapbooks Instants (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006) and Primer for Non-Native Speakers (The Kent State University Press, 2004), the translation (with Tatiana Tulchinsky) Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Selected Poems of Lev Rubinstein (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2004), and the...
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In this installment, Ross Gay reads “The Proverbs of Hell” from “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” by William Blake. Gay is the author of the collection Against Which (CavanKerry Press, 2006). He teaches at Indiana University and in the low-residency program at New England College. William Blake, "The Proverbs of Hell" In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. Drive your cart and your plow over the bones of the dead. The road of excess leads to the palace of...
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In this installment, Joshua Kryah reads “Where She Told Her Love” by John Clare. Kryah was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was a Schaeffer Fellow in poetry. His first collection of poems, Glean (2007), won the 2005 Nightboat Books Poetry Prize judged by Donald Revell. His poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, FIELD, The Iowa Review, Pleiades, and Shenandoah, among...
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In this installment, Bill Berkson reads “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Berkson is a poet, art critic, and professor of Liberal Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute. His books of poetry include Serenade, Fugue State, a collection of his 1960s collaborations with Frank O'Hara entitled Hymns of St. Bridget & Other Writings, and Gloria (with etchings by Alex Katz). The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings, a selection of his criticism, appeared from Qua Books in...
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In this installment, Cleopatra Mathis reads “A Poison Tree” by William Blake. Mathis's sixth book of poems, White Sea, will be published in 2005 by Sarabande Books. She is the recipient of many grants and awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The Robert Frost Award, and The Peter Lavin Award for Younger Poets from the Academy of American Poets. She has taught English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth...
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In this installment, Adrian Blevins reads “Infant Sorrow” by William Blake. Blevins’s The Brass Girl Brouhaha (2003) won the 2004 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Blevins is also the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers' Foundation Award for poetry, the Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction, and a Bright Hill Press chapbook award for The Man Who Went Out for Cigarettes (1995; 1996). Her poems and essays have appeared in The Utne Reader, The Southern Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Ontario Review,...
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In this installment, Chris Dombrowski reads "To Autumn" by John Keats. Dombrowski's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrow Street, Crazyhorse, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Orion, and others. His chapbook, Fragments with Dusk in Them, was published by Punctilious Press in 2008, and his first full-length collection, By Cold Water, was published by Wayne State University Press in 2009. He has taught creative writing at the University of Montana and...
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In this installment, Aaron Anstett reads “Hymn to Intellectual Beauty” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Anstett is the author of Sustenance and No Accident, selected by Philip Levine for the 2004 Backwaters Press Prize. In his introduction, Levine wrote, "Aaron Anstett's No Accident is here for anyone who needs to replenish the belief that American poetry is as healthy and useful as it ever was." Anstett has held fellowships from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Wisconsin Institute for...
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